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Re: NEW ISSUE: content sniffing

From: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:37:14 -0700
Message-ID: <7789133a0903311237x34b9ca03t2e2d9be1f7d97a05@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mark Baker <mark@coactus.com>
Cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 7:13 AM, Mark Baker <mark@coactus.com> wrote:
> Obviously that kind of sniffing is widespread amoungst one class of
> agent, and I'm all for documenting how it works, but IMO that has no
> place in the protocol specification, save perhaps for an informative
> note that it happens and a pointer to the algorithm.

When different user agents use different sniffing algorithms, content
authors pay a large cost, both in terms of compatibility and in terms
of security.  For user agents that wish to perform sniffing, I think
we'd be doing the Web a service by specifying which algorithm they
should use.

Adam
Received on Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:38:08 GMT

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